Monday, August 3
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.”
Ro 12:9 NLT
RULES FOR SERVING
When it comes to serving others, try to live by these three rules: (1) Serve sincerely. “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.” God knows your heart, so be honest with yourself about your true motives in serving and sacrificing for others. If you need help in this area, turn to the Scriptures: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12 NKJV). (2) Serve silently. “When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet…that [you] may have glory from men” (Mt 6:2 NKJV). Note the words, “do not sound a trumpet.” When people take your kindness for granted or fail to appreciate the things you do for them, don’t toot your own horn. Look to God for your reward, not people, otherwise you’ll be disappointed. “As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…so our eyes look to the Lord our God” (Ps 123:2 NKJV). (3) Serve selectively. You’re not called to go every place, meet every need, and help every person. On two different occasions God stopped Paul from going into Asia to preach the gospel. But look what happened next: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’…immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Ac 16:9-10 NKJV). Why is this important to know? Because when God guides you, He provides for you!
Tuesday, August 4
“Shake the dust off your feet.”
Mk 6:11 NIV
SHAKE IT OFF
Here’s some good advice Jesus gave His disciples. When someone rejects you or won’t listen to you, “shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” When you experience rejection you have two choices: Allow it to affect your confidence and self-worth, or “shake it off” and move on. Now, Jesus was not talking about sincere minds that don’t understand, but proud minds that reject the truth. He was saying, “Don’t let it break your stride and keep you from accomplishing what needs to be done.” When Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Malta, he was bitten by a snake while gathering firewood. Immediately the islanders said to one another, “This man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live” (Ac 28:4 NKJV). How did Paul respond? “He shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm” (v. 5 NKJV). What did the islanders say about him then? “They changed their minds and said that he was a god” (v. 6 NKJV). Wow! People’s minds change like the wind! So don’t let their compliments puff you up, or their criticisms tear you down. God’s will is for you to help others. If they accept your help, give it. If not, go where you will be accepted and appreciated. Jesus said, “I say to you, he who receives whomsoever I send receives Me” (Jn 13:20 NKJV). In the final analysis it’s not you they are rejecting, but the One who sent you. Knowing that, gives you confidence and peace of mind.